The Arc Archives
Winter 2020
Issue Features:
Message from Exec. Director
A Message of Hope
Spotlight Story
Year-End Giving Campaign
Coming Up
Membership
Tidbits
Staff Directory
A message from the Executive Director...

Surrounded by special people

Each day, I am happily reminded that so many special people surround us at The Arc. The reminders come in many forms and usually several times each day.

For example, when we decided to do a virtual Halloween party via Zoom in October, I had no clue how it would even work. But, Dan and Laura Thomson (Laura is part of our staff) put their fun and creative ideas into motion and more than 20 people "attended" and had a blast!

When Jennifer Heidel (also a staff member) was planning our annual Operation Santa, there were concerns around safety and COVID-19. Would people adopt the wish lists? How could we do contactless distribution of the packages and Toys for Tots?

Well, volunteers Laura Giles and Janice DIckerhoff stepped in to pick up, unload, organize and be on site for the distribution to get all the goodies into the hands of our families.

It seems every day we receive some act of kindness, goodwill or unexpected financial support. I never cease to be amazed at our caring and supportive volunteers, board members, staff, donors and friends. Above all, we are honored to give support to those in need.

We are so very grateful to be surrounded by all of these special people!

~ Wendy Carter


A Message of Hope...
Caeden
and his ramp to independence

His name means Warrior of Battle, and it is so fitting, according to his mom. Caeden, who is almost 2 years old, came to the Allison family at just 11 weeks old through the foster care system. Although the doctors said it was unlikely that he would ever walk, talk or eat orally, Caeden has proven them wrong at each turn with his determined spirit.

He was adopted by the Allisons after a "non-accidental trauma" occurred while living with his biological family. The Allisons are extraordinary foster parents who were willing to accept the challenge that the doctors and foster care system presented to them. June is a high school Special Education Teacher and her husband Scott is a Greensboro police officer. They have five daughters in addition to Caeden, two of whom are also adopted. Sounds impossible? Not for this amazing family. They have built-in supports and cheerleaders to keep Caeden moving toward his goal of doing everything his sisters do.

Once they got all of his necessary therapies in place (OT, PT, feeding, vision, developmental), Caeden quickly surpassed all milestones. He began eating after just five days off of the feeding tube. He eventually learned to crawl and now walks with a walker. Their 1890's house was in need of some modifications for this growing boy. They had steps everywhere, out the front door and back which caused this "100% boy" to crawl through gravel to exert his independence. While June and Scott were happy with this progress, they didn't like the bloody knees this was causing. They investigated a ramp in lieu of their back steps so that Caeden could get to the yard and play with his sisters. Their PT helped them find First in Families of the Sandhills and they applied for financial help with the concrete at the base of the ramp. This new ramp allows Caeden to get from the house to the car or yard independently. (see video footage of this feat below!)

The COVID quarantine has been on his side as all of his sisters are home with him and assisting the therapists who come for home visits. "He is determined and strong-willed," says mom. "He zooms everywhere now and we see something amazing for his future. We expect him to grow up, get a job, be happy and fall in love... what we want for his sisters, too." His oldest sister, now a college freshman, wants to become an occupational therapist because of Caeden and her experiences with him. First in Families is proud to be part of this family's life and happy to have assisted with this worthy project.
If you'd like to apply for Respite Services or First in Families assistance, please visit our website for details
Spotlight's on
Bailey
We are grateful to Bailey Byers who created our Christmas cards this year. She is a talented artist and we are delighted that she shared her beautiful water color painting with us.
Would you like to be in the SPOTLIGHT in the next issue of The Arc Archives? Tell us what you're up to!
Please contact us via email at: arcmoorepr@embarqmail.com

Year-End Giving Campaign

As 2020 comes to a close, I think it is safe to say that we are all looking forward to what next year will bring. While The Arc of Moore County has been presented with many unexpected challenges this year, we have faced them with a can-do attitude and now we move into 2021 with newly developed computer skills (Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google meets), a new way of doing things (face coverings and online grocery shopping), and a new appreciation for those with whom we quarantined.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to sustain much needed supports for families during these most trying of times. While kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities struggle to understand and process the disruption that COVID-19 has caused in their lives, and their families are challenged to maintain routine and structure both in and out of the home setting, The Arc of Moore County is glad to be able to support them with Respite Care and resources through our First In Families program.

In this season of thanksgiving and giving, will you consider a year-end gift to The Arc so that we can continue our support to families? Perhaps, you have an employer who would match your donation?  The Arc of Moore County is registered with Benevity.com and ready to receive any matching gifts. 
 
Giving is easy and secure on our website, www.thearcofmoore.org. Or, you can always mail a check to The Arc of Moore County, P.O. Box 773, Southern Pines, NC 28388. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on this campaign.

We are grateful for your gift and partnership. Wishing you and yours happiness and good health in the upcoming year.
Here's What's Coming Up Next Quarter

January - Aktion Club typically participates in the MLK parade in So. Pines. We are not sure if this parade will happen due to COVID-19. Stay tuned

March - National Developmental Disability Awareness Month

We invite you to join those who have already made the commitment to
membership with The Arc!
Believe in our mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, support and services.

We'd love to have you join us,
together we are making a difference!

#AchieveWithUs
Tidbits...

  • Our office is open 10:00-3:00 Monday through Thursday and 10:00-1:00 on Friday. We ask that you call for an appointment if you need to meet with our staff. Face masks and sanitizer are available in our lobby if needed.

  • Please consider The Arc when creating or revising your will, bequest or mandatory disbursement from an IRA. We would be honored to be included in your plans. We would be happy to discuss this option with your further. Call Wendy Carter or Laura Thomson for details, (910) 692-8272.

  • Share this email with a friend! Please forward to someone who may be interested in the happenings of The Arc. We thank you.
Staff Directory
Wendy Carter, Executive Director - arcmoorewr@embarqmail.com
Ariadne DeGarr, Office Manager - arcmooreom@embarqmail.com
Jennifer Heidel, Resource Consultant - arcmoorefif@embarqmail.com
Paige Norbury, Respite Coordinator - arcmoorepn@embarqmail.com
Laura Thomson, PR/Development Director - arcmoorepr@embarqmail.com